Cardinal

by Linda
(Southern Maryland)


I have been seeing these birds at my backyard feeder for the last couple of months. To begin with they showed signs of being quite young - sitting on the deck tweeting until Momma bird put a seed in their mouth - now they seem to be on their own but their plummage hasn't changed. Are these juvenile cardinals? When will their colors change completely to red or greenish red?


Comment:Yes, they are juvenile cardinals. During summer and fall the young birds go through their first molt. The male and female colors begin to show and the dark beaks begin to turn orange.


Yes, they are juvenile cardinals.

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